Wanda (Krawiec) Olszewski, 86, a lifelong New Britain resident, died peacefully on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, with her loving daughter Diane by her side.
Wanda was the beloved wife for 54 years of the late Stanley Olszewski, and the loving mother of Diane Olszewski of San Francisco, Calif. She was the dear friend of Ceil for 80 years and of Phil (tenant and family friend) for 22 years. Wanda also leaves her nieces and nephews and their families, including Joyce, Patty, Tom, Kevin, Kathy and Pat, Cheryl and Henry. She was predeceased by her parents, Walter and Julia (Rogala) Krawiec; her brothers, Joseph Krawiec and Roman “Ray”; and her nephew, Joseph Krawiec.
Wanda graduated from Sacred Heart School and MIA (Mary Immaculate Academy) in New Britain and St. Joseph School of Nursing in Nashua, N.H. Wanda worked as a registered nurse for an eye doctor and then began employment as a registered nurse at New Britain General Hospital in June 1961, working in various patient care units and then for most of her employment worked as a psychiatric nurse on the Psychiatric Unit until her retirement in May of 2008. Wanda enjoyed her almost 47-year nursing career at New Britain General Hospital and would say after her retirement, “I am always a nurse.” Wanda’s colleagues remembered her at her retirement with these words “She’s caring and helpful, well organized you see, patient, supportive and knowledgeable, too. Working with her can be a breeze. The ‘Mother Hen’ one might agree that brings calm and harmony.”
She was a member of St. Jerome Church, New Britain. Over the years, Wanda enjoyed gardening, yard work activities, indoor work including painting, wallpapering, putting in new windows, handiwork and a variety of craft activities and making macrame lamps and plant holders for her home and for others.
Wanda and Stan enjoyed traveling together, and with their daughter Diane, in the United States, Canada and Europe. Diane’s living in Syracuse, Boston, Seattle, Clinton, Conn., nd San Francisco provided the three of them many opportunities to travel, see sights and nature, enjoy good food and, most importantly, share time together living life. They all enjoyed Wanda’s and Stan’s dogs, Tippy, Coco, Misha and Andre and Diane’s dogs, Bria, Glory and Faith.
Diane extends her heartfelt gratitude to Phil, Joyce, Lydia, Crista, Ceil, Anna, Pat, Patty, Diane M., Dr. Berger, Dr. Singh, Dr. St. Pierre and the nurses and nurse techs at Hospital of Central Connecticut; Christine, Gail, Ella, Betty, Amparo, Mio, Amanda, Emma, Rosaline, and nurses, nurse assistants and physical and occupational therapists at Jerome Home; Laura, Agnes, Sister Catherine Mary and nurses from Franciscan Home Care and Hospice for the care, support and guidance provided to Wanda and Diane during the recent months.
Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate Wanda’s life with a Mass of Christian Burial on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, at 10 a.m., at St. Jerome Church of Saint Katharine Drexel Parish, 1010 Slater Road, New Britain. She will be laid to rest privately beside her husband in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Franciscan Home Care and Hospice, 267 Finch Ave., Meriden, CT 06451, or to Jerome Home, 975 Corbin Ave., New Britain, CT 06052, or for Mass Intentions. Burritt Hill Funeral Home, 332 Burritt St., New Britain, is serving the family. To share a memory, please visit us at www.burritthill.com .